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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Informed Approaches to Deep Learning via Neural Networks with Random Parameters

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Yasaman Bahri, Google Brain

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Obtaining a better understanding of neural networks with random parameters is relevant for deep learning practice — for instance, by informing good initializations — and is a natural first step in building a more complete base of knowledge within deep learning. I will survey some of our recent work at Google Brain which originated from the study of random neural networks. [1]. I’ll begin by...   More >

Pushing the envelope to study dengue virus infections and vaccines

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Aravinda Desilva, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Olfactory receptor-based chemical sensors to accelerate the engineering of chemical-producing microbes

Seminar | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech

 College of Chemistry

Designer microbes that convert sugars into bioproducts provide a sustainable alternative to the synthesis of chemicals from petroleum. One of the major challenges in the engineering of microbes for the production of chemicals is the rapid identification of the highest chemical-producing microbe from a pool, akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Chromatography-based methods for the...   More >

A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum

Colloquium | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Bay View Room (5th Floor)

 Tae Sup Geum

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), ASUC

Join us in a Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum to talk about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the implications it has for South Korea, its relations with the United States and the state of democracy as a whole. How was a peaceful transition of power possible in South Korea, and how could it be possible elsewhere? This event is open to...   More >

"How the University of California Got Its Autonomy”

Seminar | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  University of California Office of The President

 1111 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , University of California Office of the President

This presentation will provide a brief historical analysis of how the University of California became a “public trust” in 1879 as part of a larger revision of California’s Constitution approved by California voters. The University henceforth gained the exclusive power to operate, control, and administer the University of California, becoming virtually a fourth branch of state government, a...   More >

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Immigrant Agency and Social Movements in the Age of Devolution

Colloquium | April 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (MCC), Room 220

 Greg Prieto, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Latino Policy Research, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Under what conditions are Mexican immigrants who are most affected by the deportation regime moved to participate in collective mobilization? Drawing on three years of participant observation and over 60 interviews with un/documented Mexican immigrants, in this talk I show that the immigrant activism that emerges seeks to inhabit, rather than transform, normative institutions of work and family.


 Free and open to the public. Register online by April 1.

For more information regarding this book, please visit: https://nyupress.org/books/9781479821464/

CANCELLED - Spring 2018 African Studies Colloquium

Colloquium | April 3 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Colin Walch, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Political Science

 Center for African Studies

To be rescheduled, possibly Fall 2018.

Jacqueline Isaac at Berkeley Law: Making the Case of Genocide

Presentation | April 3 | 12:45-1:45 p.m. | 244 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Jacqueline Isaac, Vice President, Roads of Success

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Berkeley Journal of International Law, The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Human rights attorney Jacqueline Isaac traveled to war-stricken parts of Syria to collect testimonies from Yazidi girls that have escaped ISIS captivity. She will discuss how this testimony helped create the Investigative Mechanism for the Yazidi Genocide.

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Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 To Be Determined

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "On the Limits of Incentive Design: Examining Medical Students' Misunderstanding of 'the Match'"

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alex Rees-Jones, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

BSAC Technology Seminar - Non-Filter Applications for FBAR Resonators and Devices

Seminar | April 3 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Dr. Richard Ruby (EECS PhD 1984), Director of Technology, Broadcom

 Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center

FBAR has large success in filters, leading aggressive mobile phone applications. Two areas where it may be useful are low power radios and broad area sensors. FBAR-enabled radios can reduce power use by eliminating PLL and using direct modulation at high frequencies. As a mass sensor, temperature sensor, pressure sensor, particle detector, etc., the FBAR is quite attractive.

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Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Curves on a smooth cubic surface in P3

Seminar | April 3 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mengyuan Zhang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We examine effective divisors on a smooth cubic surface in $\mathbf {P^3}$. By means of Zariski decomposition, we reveal the interplay between the geometry of secant lines and cohomologies of line bundles. We also describe the degrees of the generators of the Hartshorne-Rao modules. Finally we determine the free resolutions of the curves. The work is a simplification, correction and...   More >

Solving composite minimization problems arising in statistics and engineering, with applications to phase retrieval

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 John C. Duchi, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

We consider minimization of stochastic functionals that are compositions of a (potentially) non-smooth convex function h and smooth function c. We develop two stochastic methods--a stochastic prox-linear algorithm and a stochastic (generalized) sub- gradient procedure--and prove that, under mild technical conditions, each converges to stationary points of the stochastic objective. Additionally,...   More >

Design Field Notes: Tiffany Tseng

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Tiffany Tseng, an interaction designer who creates tools for people who make things, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Battery Fast Charging: A Multi-Physics Model-Based Optimal Control Approach

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall

 Hector Perez, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Battery systems are an enabling technology towards an electrified and sustainable future. A thriving area of interest aimed at increasing the practicality of battery systems is fast charging. In this talk, we focus on model-based optimal charging of batteries via coupled multi-physics electrical-thermal-aging and electrochemical-thermal models.

Realizing additional benefits of federal air quality rules: particle water chemistry and biogenic secondary organic aerosol controllable fractions

Seminar | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ann Marie Carlton, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

Accurate description of the factors that control pollution fate and transport by atmospheric models aids effective air quality management. For example, models can safeguard human health from the deleterious effects of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) though analysis of optimal control strategies for precursor gases. Anthropogenic emissions facilitate formation of biogenic secondary organic aerosol...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: An introduction to Liaison

Seminar | April 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We give a gentle introduction to liaison of algebraic varieties following Peskine-Szpiro. We will carefully go through the basic definitions and properties, along with various examples, in preparation for subsequent talks on the linkage of space curves.

What's Up With That - Adjustment Back Home

Workshop | April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Robert Sproul Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Most of us know about adjustment and culture shock upon arrival into the U.S. But do you know that reverse culture shock is a very real thing too? If you’re graduating and are going home, or are just visiting home for the summer vacation, there is bound to be a little bit of adjustment for you and your family. Have you thought about how to manage this?

In this session, you will be discussing...   More >

Involvement in International Organizations: The Merits and Drawbacks

Panel Discussion | April 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Gerald Steinberg; John Mathiason; Herb Behrstock

 The Berkeley Forum

As more isolationist rhetoric continues to spread throughout America, many wonder whether or not our prolonged involvement in the United Nations should be curtailed. On one hand, the United Nations allows the US to take a more proactive role in engaging with other countries diplomatically while simultaneously acting as a global policing force. However, the UN has come under fire for wasteful...   More >


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International Alumni Career Chats (Public Sector, Non for Profit)

Career Fair | April 3 | 6-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Gold Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

International students with majors in humanity and social science areas may face more challenging job market and hurdles with work authorization and visa requirements. Come and talk to the international alumni who graduated with the same majors as you and are working in the Bay Area.